A ragtime version of Fur Elise? Bring it on!
It got me thinking: is Fur Elise the best-known “classical” piano piece? Or is it just a staple of British piano lessons?
Anyway, this is great, and gets better. Just when you think, “Oh yeah, I get it, very clever…” he turns it up a notch. It’s fab!
I like to think that if Beethoven heard it (pre-deafness, obvs) he would be at first astounded and then delighted. Imagine hearing a popular current song redone in 200 years’ time, in a musical form that we cannot yet even conceive. Beethoven died nearly seventy years before ragtime began its first, revolutionary, tinklings.